Bank blocked from seizing social welfare mother's home
A MOTHER of four, whose only income is from social welfare, has been given just over a week to convince a judge he should restrain a bank from seizing her €700,000 period home.
High Court President Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns temporarily blocked the Dublin City Sheriff from evicting Mary White and her family from 190 Upper Rathmines Road, Dublin.
Counsel for Ms White said there had been "some confusion" with regard to an appeal against a Circuit Court order granting possession to Bank of Ireland Mortgage Bank.
He said Ms White, who had been told by the sheriff that she would be evicted if she had not vacated the premises by today, wished to lay full information before the court.
Anne Lawlor, counsel for the bank, said she had been in the Circuit Court when the order for possession had been made.
Ms Lawlor said that since 2010 Ms White had not made a single repayment on three loans totalling €469,000, which she had taken out more than 10 years ago. She now owed more than €210,000 in arrears and the balance currently outstanding was above €569,000.
Judge Kearns said he would stay the eviction, and allowed time for affidavits to be filed.